Bad News for Spammers: Cell Phone Providers Join the Fight

The four major cell phone service providers are fighting robocalls with new tools to make answering your phone more bearable. Although, don’t go thinking that AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint suddenly decided to tackle this out of the kindness of their hearts. 

The cell providers were mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in June to enable call verification on a network level as opposed to leaving it up to the consumer, to verify if a call is legitimate or not. Basically the onus is put on the provider to stop robocalls from happening before they even reach a customer, or to mark the call as legitimate or advise that it’s a spam call. 

The providers were given until the end of the year to implement these new systems and protocols. You may have recently started to see these in effect if you’ve received calls that are marked as “Scam Likely” or otherwise labeled as potentially mischievous. For instance, AT&T customers will now see those calls show up on their caller ID as “AT&T Alert: Spam Risk”. 

These new requirements should eliminate millions, if not billions of spam calls from ever taking place. It will also reduce cell phone user frustration by identifying the spam calls when they do make it to your phone. If that’s not enough for you, each of the four major carriers offer some type of additional security through their accounts or an application like Verizon’s Call Filter or AT&T’s Call Protect. 

Progress is slowly being made against spammers and scammers using your lines of communication against you, but it only happens when the people voice their concerns to the authorities and fight back with swift justice when applicable. The attorneys at lowercase, a law firm are well versed in the arena of spam calls and text messaging and will fight for your right of peace and tranquility.

If you’ve received an unwanted call, text or voicemail, contact us today for more information on taking action.